Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Best Movies of 2007 (sort of)

I want to do a best-of-the-year movie list like everybody else out there, but I never get out to the movies, you know. So, in order to get into the spirit, I decided to look at ALL the movies we watched this year, no matter when the movie was released. So, basically, Karyn and I went to the Netflix queue and looked at the movies we rented this year and tried to find the best ones. We each created our list, then compiled it to one list by adding our rankings together. Here it is:
  1. Pulp Fiction (not fair--we had both already seen it, but I was surprised how great it still is)
  2. Children of Men (tied for 1st--Eric's #1)
  3. No Country for Old Men
  4. The Lives of Others (tied for 2nd--Karyn's #1)
  5. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  6. Pan’s Labyrinth
  7. Zodiac
  8. Unforgiven
  9. Knocked Up
  10. The Queen
  11. The Devil and Daniel Johnston
  12. The Matador
  13. Tell Them Who You Are
  14. Fast Food Nation

9 comments:

MC said...

Hmmm interesting concept, I've thought of rating the bst books I've read for ayear regardless fo date, becasue I don't like to pay for hardback books and often make discoveries of previouslu unknown writers. For example, this year I discovered Ben Fountain, Tom Bissell, Patrick Hamilton, and Charles Foster.

Rating classics against the current crop seems somewhat problematic (novelty vs. a well-loved film). I'll probably wait until January to make my list in order to squeeeze in as many as possible.

I thought Knocked Up was overrated and preferred Super Bad, but I was glad to see The Matador get some love on your list-that movie was really entertaining for me one several levels. There's two I haven't seen that I'll have to check out: 13. Tell Them Who You Are and 14. Fast Food Nation

Are you planning to see any of the major holiday releases during your break (i.e. There Will Be Blood)?

MC said...

Man, I need to proofread before hitting publish.

The last author in the first paragraph should read Charles Portis not Charles Foster. Who is Charles Foster? Maybe my future pen name...

Eric said...

I was going to see "Once" last week, but we missed the last show. And "There Will Be Blood" has not reached our fair city as of yet.

Oh, and I forgot to put "300" on the list. Oops.

Anonymous said...

Hey! I want to know why Crash isn't on your list! Just kidding Eric. I couldn't resist mentioning that one. Honestly, I've never actually seen it. I did see No Country For Old Men. The more I think about that movie the more I want to watch it again to review certain scenes. Believe it or not I've never seen Pulp Fiction, either. It seems I live a very sheltered life. -mike p.

Eric said...

I felt the same way you did, so I did see NCFOM twice.

Also, you must see Pulp Fiction ASAP. You, Stacy, 2 6-packs and PF sounds like an all-star night.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Eric and Karyn for your list. I have just added Children of Men, The Lives of Others, and Fast Food Nation to my Netflix queue.

I also saw The Good, The Bad and The Ugly for the first time this year. That movie was great. I really enjoyed it. I have seen most of the other movies on your list.

Thanks again for sharing!
C. Cary

Eric said...

You are very welcome. I hope you enjoy them. The only one I'm not sure about is Fast Food Nation. I may have liked it because I read the book first--it wasn't well-reviewed, but I liked it anyway. Also, come to think of it, I think Rob liked it too, and he hadn't read the book.

Let me know what you think!

dave starry said...

I did not read the bood, but I enjoyed Fast Food Nation quite a bit and thought it worked on many levels.

One title I see missing from your list is "Black Book". What was your opinion of that one Eric?

Eric said...

Not only have I not seen it, but I feel like an idiot because I haven't even heard of it. I'm going to Netflix right now!!!